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Berkeley Summer Sessions

As part of one of the largest summer programs in the United States, it is your chance to experience American culture firsthand and to make friends from the US and other countries over the summer. Satisfy a prerequisite, accelerate your collegiate career, or challenge yourself with a topic you’ve always wanted to learn about. With 600 courses to choose from, Berkeley Summer Sessions offers rigorous academic options in the heart of the Bay Area.

Short Courses

Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)


Berkeley academic programs are recognized internationally for their excellence. You can expect a rigorous academic experience during your summer studies. The accelerated instruction of Summer Sessions means that you will learn a semester’s worth of material in just one summer. Berkeley courses are known for an engaged learning style where you interact frequently with the instructor and other students.

Choose from undergraduate courses in more than 80 subjects, including arts, engineering, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and the professional fields of architecture, business, education, public health, and social welfare.

Courses are offered in three, six, eight, or 10-week intensive sessions. All courses are regular university courses and are recorded on an official UC Berkeley transcript.


  • UC Berkeley is the worlds premier public university and a wellspring of innovation. It occupies a 1,232-acre campus with a park-like 178-acre central core. It is oldest of the 10 University of California campuses.
  • Libraries: Berkeley has one of the top university libraries in the country and is open to you during Summer Sessions. With 12 million books, more than 400 special collections and 32 campus libraries, it has been ranked first in the USA among public libraries by the Association of Research Libraries.
  • Health & Wellness: University Health Services provides comprehensive medical and mental health services to all UC Berkeley students. You can also play dozens of sports and stay active through the REcreational Sports Facilities.

Student Life

Enjoy summer in the vibrant San Francisco Bay Area! Centrally located, Berkeley is just 25 minutes from downtown San Francisco and within an hour of most local attractions, including Silicon Valley, national parks, museums, shopping, restaurants, and nightlife

  • See the sights. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, stroll down twisty Lombard Street, ride a cable car, visit lively Chinatown, and take a tour of Alcatraz Island.
  • Eat delicious food. The Bay Area is a food lovers paradise, with fine local restaurants, farmers markets, and a thriving food truck scene.
  • Celebrate with the locals. Enjoy music, art, and cultural events, such as the Outside Lands Music
  • and Art Festival, Oakland Art + Soul Festival, and SF Pride Celebration.
  • Visit a museum. Experience some of Californias best art, natural history, culture, and science
  • museums, many of which have discounted admission for students.
  • Get outdoors. The Bay Area has some of the most beautiful parklands in the nation, including the Marin Headlands, Muir Woods National Monument, and Point Reyes National Seashore.


UC Berkeley has been fully accredited since 1949 and had its accreditation reaffirmed most recently in 2015 by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC).


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